Joe O’Brien, coach of the Idaho State University men’s basketball team, announced his retirement at a practice this afternoon, effective immediately.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to those who follow ISU men’s basketball. Under O’Brien’s leadership over the last six seasons, the Bengals have won 56 of their 161 games. Last season, his team ended the year with a paltry 7-22 record. This season looks to be no better, as the team is off to a 2-8 start, their most recent loss to the struggling University of Utah.
Stepping in for O’Brien will be assistant coach Deane Martin. Martin could bring the experience the Bengals need to start getting to that ever-elusive successful season. While he hasn’t led a successful college program, he coached the Potros Itson, a professional Mexican team. He also spent some time in the NBA’s Developmental League with the Bakersfield Jam and the Dakota Wizards. He’s not some NCAA hotshot, but, you know, it’s something.